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Indebted Cornell Chases Donors in ‘Pay-as-You-Go’ Expansion

David Skorton’s appointment as president of Cornell University seven years ago ushered in a $4 billion fundraising campaign, the school’s largest ever and first in more than a decade.

Skorton has since increased the goal to $4.75 billion and extended it four years to 2015. Now he’s preparing to kick-start a second effort to finance a $2 billion technology campus as the upstate New York Ivy League school expands on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan.